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Michael F. Dusak Jr., Familiar 'ZZ Top' Figure At Barnegat Municipal Dock, Dies At 61

Often mistaken for ZZ Top or Fidel Castro, hated mayonnaise and mustard

Courtesy of Legacy.com
Courtesy of Legacy.com
Michael F. Dusak Jr., 61, of Barnegat, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, surrounded by family after a six-month battle with kidney cancer, according to Legacy.com.

According to the website:  

Known for his signature suspenders, trucker hat, and flannel shirt, Michael was often found sitting on a bucket at the Barnegat Municipal Dock, talking with his many friends until dark, boasting the largest crab hauls and telling stories of his favorite little girl, his granddaughter, two-year-old Magnolia (Nola).

He felt welcomed and had good times at both previous attendance at Bayside Chapel in Barnegat and most recently while attending Ocean Community Church of Manahawkin.

He worked for Union County Parks for 31 years, previously living in North Jersey, and had a reputation as a practical joker.

He took his world famous crab cake recipe with him, but not the memory of their irresistible deliciousness. His batter fried chicken and Sunday meatballs were LEGENDARY. When not cooking himself, he enjoyed General Tso's Chicken and maybe a piece of Black Forest cake.

Often mistaken for a member of ZZ Top or Fidel Castro, his beard and ponytail combo were older than most of the cast of Duck Dynasty, notably also one of his favorite shows. He proudly shared his accomplishment of never seeing a single episode of that stupid show Seinfeld. He never watched that Roseanne show either.

Some other of his least favorite things included: the condiments mayo and mustard, answering the telephone and real Christmas trees, because what kind of person kills a tree for decoration?

His children remember him telling jokes, playing Harry Chapin and The Beatles on his guitar or enjoying one of his favorite Cary Grant or John Wayne movies. He was an artist, gifted in wood carvings and jewelry making.

An avid sci-fi reader, comic book collector and crosswords-cryptoquote completer, Michael was known to read his newspaper, front to back, each morning while listening to "the Jersey station" or singing one of his favorite Dean Martin songs.

Michael is survived by his wife of 35 years Brenda, his son David, his daughter Jessica and son-in-law Silas, granddaughter Magnolia and mother-in-law Evelyn. A memorial service will be held later this summer at the Dock he loved so much. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries
Proud Pappa April 06, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Gods Speed Mike...your wit and wisdom will be missed...

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